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Halfords online

Posted: 9 Jun 2019, 6:52pm
by gbnz
Halfords online - quite impressed!

Simply needed two replacement water bottle cages, found several well known national bike shops either didn't have a cheap, durable (Metal) water bottle holder in stock (NB. All the robust, cheap ones had sold out!), or charged a considerable fee to deliver.

The Halfords option looks fairly robust and decent on price (NB. A couple of discount shop versions I'd seen last week, wouldn't last a week of use), so ordered the Halfords version.

They have the store pick up option available, saving delivery costs/issues. Changing the store to one I'll be passing on a ride tomorrow was easy enough. Even better no payment required up front and they'll ensure they're available for pick up all week. Collection code texted to mobile within seconds of order.

It'll be interesting to see if they look as durable as they did online, if so, I'll be pleased to have saved several pounds (Nb. Had a text during breakfast to say they're ready for collection, popped into the store mid day (85 miles round journey), the cages are clearly durable and hold a bottle well)

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 9 Jun 2019, 10:35pm
by gaz
gbnz wrote:... I'll be pleased to have saved several pounds.

If you are a Cycling UK member you may be able to save a few more £s: https://www.cyclinguk.org/member-benefits/halfords (log in to access discount code, changes monthly).

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 1:45am
by Redvee
I ordered a couple of Shimano hydo brake hoses for my bike online on Thursday and had a phonecall Friday 11am saying the order was in store and also had an email stating the same. Collected the item saturday morning and made use of a 10% discount code through my employers as British Cycling card isn't enough, you need a voucher or similar now and used up the remaining balance on my Cyce Republic gift card from a refund. Only downside is they have my email address so I'll be getting emails with telling me about items theat might be of interest to me but I don't have top open or read them.

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 8:11pm
by gbnz
Redvee wrote: Only downside is they have my email address so I'll be getting emails with telling me about items .


There's a post only option (I chose). Though I'd always use junk email addresses when it's required

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 8:14pm
by Paulatic
When you get the first email hit the 'unsubscribe' simples?

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 9:40pm
by Syd
GDPR requires all sites who sell to buyers within the EU to have the “spam me for the rest of my life” options unchecked.

Some sites still don’t comply. In those cases I refuse to spend my money there and email the web admin team to point out their failings.

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 1:18am
by Redvee
Had the how did we do email from them tonight so I completed it and marked thm down because they asked me to complete the survey as I do with all similar surveys and where possible I leave a comment staating as much.

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 5:33am
by NUKe
Halfords is fashionable to knock, but a couple points
They are the only online retailer with shops you can visit to look at goods across the uk, that said Evans Is catching up. So lots of people employed locally.
Cycling uk members get an extra 10% off.
They tend to sell lower end price wise, but good quality items, rather than boutique brands such as Assos,

As for the emailing it’s no worse than any other online cycling shop.
I recently bought a boardman shirt and rain jacket, both cam to 55 with discount 1/3 off then 10%,

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 7:59pm
by HJRW
I’ll second Nuke’s post. Easy to be sniffy about Halfords, but the shops are handy, employment for local people, and the online service works well. Just bought my second Boardman Hybrid - their tie up with Boardman is good - well specced quality bikes, great prices - and 10% discount for c.uk members. The assistant at my Arbroath branch was friendly, helpful with my handover, even though he was obviously busy when I called. And they’re fine for bits n’ pieces.

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 5:56pm
by gbnz
Have to admit to being tempted by a reduced £260.00 road bike from Halfords. Hopefully I won't buy one as I don't another bike, but it looks great for that price :wink:

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 7:23pm
by Sweep
I too think many folks are sniffy about Halfords with no good cause.

I have brought some decent stuff there.

The order online and collect service is very handy.

Particularly since they changed it - you used to get a text within seconds saying that it was ready to collect which was clearly always nonsense.

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 27 Aug 2019, 7:48pm
by HJRW
gbnz wrote:Have to admit to being tempted by a reduced £260.00 road bike from Halfords. Hopefully I won't buy one as I don't another bike, but it looks great for that price :wink:


“There’s always room for one more” :D

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 28 Aug 2019, 2:11pm
by PH
I managed to mangle the plastic cup of a BB on Bank Holiday Monday, checked stock at the local Halfords, reserved and collected an hour later. At the same time bought a cafe lock chain for an upcoming tour, plus a half price first aid kit out of the reduced bin, which is complete other than the packaging. Received the CUK discount on all three, the assistant wanted to see my card OR the voucher, I think they're supposed to request both.

Re: Halfords online

Posted: 28 Aug 2019, 7:46pm
by gbnz
HJRW wrote:
gbnz wrote:Have to admit to being tempted by a reduced £260.00 road bike from Halfords. Hopefully I won't buy one as I don't another bike, but it looks great for that price :wink:


“There’s always room for one more” :D


Actually had a look in Halfords today; NOT a road bike I'd buy :wink:

I'm not a weight "weenie" normally cycling on my Spa Tourer, c/w at least one pannier.

Yet the road bike which looked so remarkable online, easily a good 3-4kg heavier than the 17 year road frame I use. And the components were cheap, notable for containing vast quantities of plastic. It'd be ok if I didn't have a road bike, but otherwise not a bike I'd want to buy